Katherine Radeka

Katherine Radeka has a rare combination of business acumen, scientific depth and ability to untangle the organizational knots to remove the barriers to change. In the past six years, her consulting firm, Whittier Consulting Group, Inc. has engaged with clients such as Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Buckeye Technologies, The Toro Company, Wells Fargo, Alticor and over fifty other leading organizations.

In 2005, she logged over 11,000 miles driving around the country to research how the best companies got more ROI from product development. In 2007, she founded the Lean Product & Process Development Exchange, a nonprofit organization to promote the use of lean thinking to improve ROI from product development. In 2008, she adapted these concepts to strategy development, where they achieve greater strategic flexibility, and her clients consistently outperformed their peers during the recent recession.
She is currently the Lead Researcher for the Lean Product Development Benchmarking Study, a major effort to document the current state of lean product development, for a consortium of universities including MIT, Cranfield University (UK) and Chalmers University (Sweden).
She is a regular speaker for the Product Development Management Association and the Association for Manufacturing Excellence. Her articles regularly appear in PDMA’s magazine, Visions, where she is the most frequently featured cover author in the last three years. Her other publications include articles for the Journal for Product Innovation Management, TRIZ Journal and Real Innovation.
Katherine has climbed seven of the tallest peaks in the Cascade Mountains and spent ten days alone on the Pacific Crest Trail until an encounter with a bear convinced her that she needed a change in strategic direction.

Guest Contributors

Gene Radeka joined Whittier Consulting Group in the summer of 2009. He has contributed his background in education and communication to strengthen WCG’s training development programs and assisted Katherine with the research for her first book. Today, he actively engages with clients to help them get more value from trainings and workshops by helping the participants clarify their thinking and make their ideas sharper for the group.

Prior to joining WCG, Gene worked in a Special Education program that taught collaborative problem-solving skills to children with special needs. In that role, he worked one-on-one with students to give them better alternatives in stressful situations, and to help them learn self-management.
Gene has a life-long passion for clear communication, good decision-making, and effective negotiation. He has a BS in Communication. He is a 4.5 tennis player who enjoys playing an all-court game, and often surprises people with how fast he can move to get to a ball.
Stuart Cross helps some of the world's leading businesses, and their leaders, to accelerate growth. You can find out more about his work and sign-up to his weekly newsletter at http://www.morgancross.co.uk, and can buy his book, The CEO's Strategy Handbook, at http://amzn.to/Y60pBm
Daniel Markovitz is president of TimeBack Management, a consulting firm that radically improves individual and team performance by applying lean concepts to knowledge work. He is a faculty member at the Lean Enterprise Institute and teaches frequently at the Stanford University Continuing Studies Program. He also leads a class on A3 thinking at the Ohio State University’s Fisher School of Business. He is a frequent speaker and presenter, having delivered a keynote address at the 2011 Lean Product & Process Development Exchange, leading a workshop at the 2012 Association for Manufacturing Excellence national conference, and speaking at the 2013 Association of Change Management Professionals annual conference. His Shingo award winning book, A Factory of One, was published by Productivity Press in December 2011. Dan has also published articles in the Harvard Business Review blog, Quality Progress, Industry Week magazine, Reliable Plant magazine, and Management Services Journal, among other magazines. Earlier in his career, he held management positions in product marketing at Sierra Designs, Adidas, CNET and Asics Tiger. He also has experience as an entrepreneur, having founded his own skateboarding footwear company. He left the business when he realized that he’d need tattoos and body pierces in really painful locations to fit into the industry. He lived in Japan for four years and is fluent in Japanese. He holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. You can reach him at dan@timebackmanagement.com or via Twitter @timeback.

Kathy Iberle has been working with agile software development and Lean development teams for many years, and has developed unusual expertise in the challenging area where hardware and software meet.  Kathy recently retired from Hewlett-Packard after a long career as a programmer, quality engineer, and process improvement expert and is now the principal consultant and owner of the Iberle Consulting Group.  She has published regularly since 1997, served as co-chair of the Program Committee of the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (PNSQC) in 2009, and participated in the invitation-only Software Test Managers Roundtable for five years.  Kathy has an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Washington, and an excessive collection of degrees in Chemistry from the University of Washington and the University of Michigan.  Visit her website: www.kiberle.com